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Refresh PR: Top Five Celebrities of 2017

What makes someone a celebrity is constantly changing and evolving but below are the ones that got us talking this year.

  1. Gemma Collins – the queen of memes. Whether people are laughing at her or with her is still up for debate, but the internet has elevated her fame in 2017 and no one can really understand why!

  2. Meghan Markle – with her engagement to Prince Harry earlier this month, Meghan has gone from Hollywood superstar to royalty. Her soon to be place as Duchess of Sussex is further demonstrating the evolution of the Royal family

  3. Ariana Grande – her response after the devastating arena attacks made her an Honorary Citizen of Manchester and we’re proud to have her

  4. The Women of Hollywood – for finally standing up to the male centric power that have long ruled the entertainment industry

  5. Holly Willoughby – a new look and a new wardrobe has helped raise Holly from loveable TV presenter to absolute fashion icon (who doesn’t love a rebrand?)

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Beyonce, Jay Z, Britney and Kim Kardashian’s finances leaked online. But it isn’t just the A-list in danger

Celebrities including Jay-Z, Beyonce and Britney Spears have had their financial information leaked online by a group of hackers - but it isn’t just the rich and famous that need to be wary.


A number of celebrities woke up to the news that financial details including mortgage payments and earnings had been posted on a website created by fraudsters.


The details posted online also include highly sensitive information such as social security numbers, which can be used in fraudulent activity.


Other victims include US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton and Kim Kardashian. Unflattering pictures and anti-police posts make up the rest of the site.


The website which posted the details uses a suffix linked to the Soviet Union and contains posts in Russian.

In less exciting circumstances this week, my bank account was hacked too.


The bank called on Monday to check I hadn’t tried to withdraw money in the Republic of Korea (I hadn’t). Thankfully, the bank had declined the transaction and I didn’t lose any money.


Admittedly my own financial information is quite dull compared to mega-stars like Beyonce (she has multi-million dollar endorsement deals, my statements include £2.99 for a Boots meal deal).


However, both examples show that anybody can be targeted by a financial hacker, and that perhaps we should be more aware of how we bank online and how financial data is insured.


Oh, and if anyone does fancy making my bank statements more interesting, I can be booked to front advertising campaigns at a fraction of the cost of the average star (Beyonce is reportedly raking in $50 million from Pepsi). I’ll happily do it for a bag of chips and a quick trip to Topman.


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